On Monday, hundreds of protesters were pushed back by at least 100 security force personnel after they had thrown ropes around the statue of Andrew Jackson, the divisive seventh United States president, in Lafayette Square.
Concrete barriers were also installed around the White House in an effort to protect a statue of Andrew Jackson which police had prevented protesters from bringing down on Monday. "Killer scum" was spray-painted on the monument's pedestal.
Native American activists have long criticized Jackson, the seventh US president, for signing the Indian Removal Act, in which thousands of people were driven from their land by the government and died during a forced march West in what was called the "Trail of Tears". On June 5, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser even renamed a two-block stretch that included space near Lafayette Square as Black Lives Matter Plaza. Police then responded with pepper spray and batons, and some protesters threw objects at the police officers, The Washington Post reported. It was unrelated to the attempt to topple Jackson's statue.
U.S. President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans in Congress on Tuesday angrily decried efforts to remove statues and other memorials that activists consider racist, a movement that has gained momentum as part of wider national protests over racial injustice and police brutality.
In the weeks since the initial demonstrations spread around the country, protesters have increasingly focused on removing monuments of figures in American history associated with racism. But he also has been reviled by recent historians for his actions against American Indians and, like many Southerners of his era, he owned slaves. I believe this statue should be preserved and placed in a museum, not displayed prominently in the nation's capital.
The self-described "law-and-order president" hailed federal legislation enforcement officers who arrived on the scene in Lafayette Park of chains tied to the horse-riding Jackson and, in his phrases, "stopped them cold".